Avenue de l'Opera by Edouard Léon Cortès

  • This oil on canvas depicts the legendary Palais Garnier, an historic opera house
  • The scene was captured by the celebrated French artist Edouard Léon Cortès
  • The artist possessed an uncanny ability to capture the atmosphere and vibrancy of the City of Lights
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Edouard Léon Cortès
1882-1969 | French

Avenue de l'Opera 

Signed “Edouard Cortès” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

The legendary Palais Garnier, a historic opera house, is the subject of this oil on canvas by the celebrated Edouard Léon Cortès. Vehicles and pedestrians alike traverse the busy Avenue de l'Opera, which Cortès captures under the soft glow of the setting sun. The artist devoted his career to capturing the dynamic energy and beauty of The City of Lights. Unlike many artists who painted the very same boulevards, Cortès possessed the uncanny ability to portray the very essence of his beloved city in all of her moods, capturing the changes brought by the seasons and progress in a way that is enchantingly nostalgic. 

Raised in a prolific artistic environment, Cortès was an avid student of both his father, French painter Antonio Cortès, and his older brother, Andre. He also benefited from the influence of Maximilian Luce, Camille Pissaro and Lucien Pissaro, among other Impressionist artists, who were close friends of the family and flocked to Lagny-sur-Marne for its picturesque landscapes. At seventeen, he continued his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and soon after earned fame when he contributed a dramatic Parisian street scene at dusk to the Socíeté des Artistes Française.

From that point onwards, Cortès dedicated his extensive oeuvre to capturing the magic of Paris on canvas. Though he painted the same streets time and time again, each work is unique in its narrative and perspective, each mindful of the changes brought by both the seasons and progress, yet each enchantingly nostalgic. Throughout his life, his depictions of a captivating Paris were in high demand, and they remain a favorite of collectors and art aficionados today.

Canvas: 13 1/8" high x 18 1/4" wide
Frame: 20" high x 24 7/8" wide
Avenue de l'Opera by Edouard Léon Cortès
Maker: Cortes, Edouard Leon
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 3.13 Inches
Width: 24.83 Inches
Height: 20.0 Inches
Style: Post-Impressionism
Canvas Width: 18.25 Inches
Canvas Height: 13.125 Inches
Avenue de l'Opera by Edouard Léon Cortès
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